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56 STAT.] INDIA-MILITARY SERVICE Mar. 30 . May 25 1942 1915 July 3, Sept. 30, 1942 The Secretary of State to the British Ambassador DEPARTMENT OF STATE WASHINGTON July 3, 1942 EXCELLENCY: I have the honor to advise you that the competent authorities of this Government consider Sir Girja Shankar Bajpai's note of May 25, 1942, relative to the application of the United States Selective Train- ing and Service Act of 1940, as amended, to Indian nationals residing in the United States, to contain satisfactory assurances concerning the points raised in my note of March 30, 1942. The procedure described in my note of March 30 is accordingly deemed to be in effect with respect to India and the War Department and the Selective Service System have been so advised. The procedure contemplated to enable Indian nationals residing in the United States to be enrolled in the British Indian armed forces is identical with that now in effect for Canadian nationals, which is described in detail in the enclosed memorandum of May 2, 1942[ 2] from the National Headquarters of the Selective Service System to all state directors. It is noted that Sir Girj a's note contains no indication that American citizens now serving in the armed forces of India or persons in those forces who have lost American citizenship as a result of having taken the oath of allegiance in connection with their entry into those forces have been informed that they may transfer to United States forces if they so desire and if they are acceptable to the United States. It is assumed that appropriate steps will be taken, if they have not already been taken, to have such information conveyed to any such persons who may be serving in the armed forces of India. Accept, Excellency, the renewed assurances of my highest con- sideration. CORDELL HULL Enclosure: Memorandum, May 2, 1942. His Excellency The Right Honorable The Viscount HALIFAX, K.G ., British Ambassador. 2 [Not printed.]